GUEST FACULTY AND STAFF



Ameena Kazi Ansari

Ameena Kazi Ansari


teaches in the Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia, a Central University in New Delhi. She has worked and published in the areas of literary translation and postcolonial literature with special reference to the literatures of Canada, Australia and India. Apart from articles and reviews, she has published English-Canadian Literary Canon: Emergence and Development (2004), Partitions (2006), a translation of Kamleshwar’s award-winning Hindi novel, Kitne Pakistan, and she has two co-edited volumes to her credit: Translation/Representation (2008) and India English Women Poets (2009). Dr. Ansari has been associated with academic administration in her university, which included her assignments as Assistant Proctor and Honorary Director, Jamia Senior Secondary School. She has also worked as Student Advisor of the English Literary Association in her Department, and been on a number of academic and administrative bodies/committees in and outside the university. Currently she is the Foreign Students Advisor in Jamia. She visited the USA as a nominee of the US Government’s International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) in 2007.



Anisur Rahman

Anisur Rahman


is a Professor in the Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He has worked and published in the areas of literary translation and postcolonial literature(s) with special reference to the literatures of India, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. His publications include Form and Value in the Poetry of Nissim Ezekiel (1981), Expressive Form in the Poetry of Kamala Das (1981), New Literatures in English: Tradition and Modernity in the Literatures of Canada, Australia, and New Zealand (1996). He has extensively published translations of poetry from Urdu to English and vice-versa. Fire and the Rose (1995) is his anthology of modern Urdu poetry in English translation and Translation: Poetics and Practice (2001) is the volume of critical studies he edited with reference to the Indian text and context. His recent publications include two co-edited volumes entitled Translation/Representation (2007) and Indian English Women Poets (2009). His other works include Gorki Ke Patra (co-edited, Hindi, 1999) and Shairi Main Ne Eejad Ki (an anthology of modern Urdu poetry, Hindi, 1999). Dr. Rahman conducted a major UGC research project on new literatures in English. He has guided research and been on the panel of many national and international universities for evaluation. He has also been associated with editorial boards and shared editorial responsibilities in at least ten publications, apart from providing consultancies to a dozen educational and other institutions. He has also worked as chairman/member of about two dozen academic bodies, organized several academic events, participated in more than fifty seminars/conferences/workshops, and delivered more than fifty lectures in and outside India. Apart from being an active academic for more than three decades, Dr. Rahman has also been into academic administration. He held a number of administrative positions including those of the Head of the Department of English, Dean of Students Welfare, Coordinator of UGC Special Assistance Programme, and Registrar of Jamia Millia Islamia on two occasions. At present he is looking after Jamia’s Centre for Coaching and Career Planning as its Honorary Director. Dr. Rahman has been a Shastri Fellow at the University of Alberta, Canada (2001-2002) and a Visiting Scholar at Purdue University, USA (2007)



Armin Wandrewala

Armin Wandrewala


is an author and a lawyer: Practising as Counsel, essentially in the Bombay High Court, she has appeared in other High Courts in India, and in the Supreme Court. She has Published three books till date: The Turning, a crime novel, (1996) which also examines a socio-legal issue, Alone … In the Valley of the Gods, (1997) which is a true, pictorial account of Armin’s treks and travels alone in the Garhwal Himalayas, upto the Indo-Tibet Border, and Not Just Legally Speaking, (2006), a compilation of columns on legal and socio-legal issues that have appeared in Bombay Times, Times of India . The Turning has also been published in German, by Ullstein. Armin was invited for the Criminale, an international festival for crime fiction fans, held in Berlin, at which she read from her book in German, a language of which she has a working knowledge. She has given readings and talks, apart from several Institutions in India, also at the University of Richmond, London, the Zoroastrian House, London, the University of Siegen, Germany, (where she also conducted a half day course in creative writing,) and the Universities of Barcelona and Tarragona in Spain. In Stockholm, Sweden, she was the first author from India to be interviewed by `Deadline’, a Swedish Radio Programme dedicated to crime fiction. She has been given an award for `Excellence in Literature’ by the Bombay Parsee Association.



Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp

Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp


is Professor of English at the University of Bonn, Germany. She read English and German at the universities of Ghent (Belgium) and Münster (where she received her PhD in 1989 and where she finished her postdoctoral degree in 1999), and previously taught British Cultural Studies and New English Literatures at the universities of Münster and Leipzig. Her main research interests are postcolonial studies and eighteenth-century literature and culture. She is the author of Die verordnete Kultur: Stereotypien der australischen Literaturkritik (Frankfurt/M. 1990) - a study of the history of literary criticism in Australia - and Die Kunst der Kritik: zum Zusammenhang von Ethik und Ästhetik bei Shaftesbury (Munich 2000) - a study of the Third Earl of Shaftesbury's concept of criticism -, and co-editor of Europäischer Kulturtransfer im 18. Jahrhundert: Literaturen in Europa - Europäische Literatur? (Berlin 2003) - the proceedings of a conference on cultural transfer in eighteenth-century Europe - as well as of an anthology of Contemporary Indian Short Stories (2006). She has published articles on postcolonial theory and literature, on literary theory, and on various aspects of eighteenth-century culture, increasingly with a focus on cross-cultural encounters and processes of cultural transfer. She served on the board of the German Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and organized that Society's annual conference in 2008 on the topic of "Europe and Turkey in the long eighteenth century" (publication of selected papers forthcoming in 2011).



Beate Neumeier

Beate Neumeier


is Professor and Chair of English at the University of Cologne. After studies at the University of Würzburg and the University of Manchester, she received her PhD and Habiliation degree at Würzburg. She previously taught at the Universities of Würzburg and Potsdam, and held guest professorships at Vanderbilt University (Tenn.) and the University of Miss. at Oxford. As part of her research interests in Gender Studies she updates the annual Gender-Inn internet bibliography and edits the electronic journal Gender Forum. Within the Erasmus scheme she established regular project-related faculty exchanges with the Centre for Critical Studies at the University of Wales in Cardiff. She also entertains an intensive collaboration with colleagues from Mumbai University and Kachchh University in the field of Indian culture, theatre and film. To complement classroom discussions on British theatre she organizes regular field trips to London and Stratford. In a joint project of English department colleagues, she was instrumental in setting up a DAAD sponsored Chair for Australian and Indigenous Studies at Cologne. Major areas of her research are the English Renaissance, Anglophone Theatre and Gender Studies. Currently she spends her sabbatical in Beijing, affiliated with Peking University and the University of International Business and Economics, collecting data on "Focus on China: Engendering Performance Arts”.



Catherine Pesso-Miquel

Catherine Pesso-Miquel


studied at the Ecole Normale Sup rieure of Fontenay-aux-Roses and at the University of the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. She was an Assistant Professor for 10 years at the Sorbonne and is currently a Professor of Anglophone Literature at the University Lumi re in Lyon, France. She is the author of books and articles on postmodernist and postcolonial novels in English.




Chandani Lokuge

Chandani Lokuge


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Dhananjay Karnik

Dhananjay Karnik


an ecologist by training and journalist by profession, has worked in the field of Political journalism in print media for twenty years, and has written extensively on current socio-political issues. He was one of the few straightforward, hard-hitting journalists when in print media. He has spent three years of his youth working with the Warli tribals while working on his research in ecosystem study of village Aswali in Maharashtra. He is now involved in a crop change effort for cultivating fallow lands in Konkan, the coastal region of Maharashtra. He is propagating pineapple plantation in Konkan, which will be an alternative for the present crop system. He is also a consultant for the re-development schemes that have become the need of the city of Mumbai. He is a Managing Trustee of the India Study Centre, Mumbai.

Gieve Patel

Gieve Patel


is a well-known writer and painter. He has published three books of verse: 'Poems' (Pub. Nissim Ezekiel, Bombay, 1966); 'How Do You Withstand, Body' (Pub. Clearing House, Bombay, 1976); 'Mirrored, Mirroring' (Pub. Oxford University Press, Madras, 1991).His poems have been included in many anthologies in India and in other countries. He has written three plays which have all been peformed in Bombay. 'Mister Behram and Other Plays', a collection of his plays, was published by Seagull Books, Calcutta, in 2007. He is a recipient of a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship at Washington DC in 1984; a Rockefeller Fellowship at University of Chicago in 1992; and a Nirman Foundation Fellowship at University of Pennsylvania in 2003. For the last 15 years he has conducted an annual poetry workshop for school students at Rishi Valley School in Andhra Pradesh. One of the outcomes of this project is a book, 'Poetry with Young People' (Pub. Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, 2007), a lively anthology of poems written by the students, with an introduction by Patel detailing the entire pedagogic process. He is currently working on a translation of Akho's verses into English. Akho is a renowned Gujarati mystic-poet of the 17th-18th centuries. His paintings have been shown in India, and in other countries. They are included in several public and private collections, to name a few -- The National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; The National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai; Roopankar, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal; The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachussetts, USA; The Museum of Modern Art, Menton, France. He has worked as a medical practitioner in rural and urban India.

Hartmut Heep

Hartmut Heep


was educated in France, Switzerland, Germany, and the United States. At the University of Mainz, Germany he majored in English, Romance Languages, and Philosophy. In 1993, he received his doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois. He is Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University and is the author of A Different Poem: Rainer Maria Rilke's American Translators Randall Jarrell, Robert Lowell, and Robert Bly, and Unreading Rilke: Unorthodox Approaches to a Cultural Myth (ed). Professor Heep has published on Rilke, Brecht, Schiller, Flaubert, Apollinaire, and Gender Studies. He is the national coordinator for Men's Studies/Masculinities for the American Popular Culture Association and has received two Fulbright Fellowship. As a Fulbright Lecturer, he was posted in the Department of English with Mumbai University, India. While in India, he lectured in Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi, Gujarat, and Mumbai on American Civilization, American Literature, American Politics, American Race and Gender, as well as on German and Comparative Literature. His lecturing engagements have taken him to 5 continents.

Janet Wilson

Janet Wilson


is Professor of English and Postcolonial Studies in the School of Arts, at the University of Northampton. A New Zealander, she formerly taught at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Her research focuses on the white settler colonies of New Zealand and Australia, their cinema, literature and in particular their diasporic writing, as well as on postcolonial writing and film more generally. She has written the monograph Fleur Adcock (2007), edited The Gorse Blooms Pale: Dan Davin’s Southland Stories (2007), coedited Global Fissures and Postcolonial Fusions (2006), Rerouting the Postcolonial; New Directions for the New Millennium (2010), and two volumes of essays on Katherine Mansfield, Katherine Mansfield and Literary Modernism, and Celebrating Katherine Mansfield: A Centenary Volume of Essays (both in press). She is currently chair of EACLALS, vice-chair of the Katherine Mansfield Society and an associate fellow of the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford. She is editor of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing. For the academic year 2010-11 she will be a part time Research Fellow in New Zealand Studies at Birkbeck, University of London.

Jason Scorza

Jason Scorza


is Associate Provost for Global Learning at the Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ, USA. A professor of philosophy and political science, Scorza teaches fewer courses since he became an associate provost in 2008. After earning his PhD in political philosophy from Princeton University, Scorza joined the University in 1999. Scorza was teaching introductory political science courses when he was asked to help create a new Core course that would introduce students to global issues and also kick-off the nation’s first distance-learning requirement. The course, The Global Challenge, received the Instructional Technology Council (ITC ) award for outstanding online course. And, Scorza was later honored with the Award for Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning from the Sloan Consortium for his work designing The Global Challenge and another online course, The Life of the Mind. To nurture his administrative skills, he applied for and won an ACE (American Council on Education) Fellowship. He was one of only 39 Fellows selected nationwide for the program, which places promising senior faculty in training opportunities at other institutions. As he was becoming more involved in the University’s global mission, Scorza’s own research interests were likewise moving globally. His focus on citizenship and its related rights, responsibilities and competencies expanded to include the notion of global citizenship. Following the 2007 publication of Strong Liberalism: Habits of Mind for Democratic Citizenship, he is now immersed in two other book projects. The first, tentatively titled Global Education and the American Dream, explores how global learning has often been tied to American ideology. The second, The Cosmopolitans, is a philosophical portrait of cosmopolitans from Diogenes to current thinkers like Kwame Anthony Appiah and Martha Nussbaum.

Karin Ebeling

Karin Ebeling


teaches Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at the Otto von Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany. After having finished her studies in English and Russian Languages at Leipzig University she taught English at the Technical College of Köthen from 1976 to 1990. At that time research in text linguistics was at its peak. She started investigating the textual features of passives and adverbials and described them in a thesis defended in 1986. Whereas her former job was primarily concerned with teaching English for special purposes she is now involved in issues of theoretical and applied linguistics. She teaches introductory courses in linguistics and basic courses in linguistics (lexicology, semantics, syntax).Her research focuses on the varieties of English, both with respect to the users and the use of the English language. Areas of particular interest are the regional variations of English, the use of English in literature by non-native writers, especially from India, and the interrelation between language and culture. Courses resulting from these interests are American English, World Englishes, Non-native Englishes, and Language and Culture. Furthermore she deals with language use in politics and the covering of political events by the media. Seminars like Language and Power or Language in the News reflect these interests.

Klaus Stierstorfer

Klaus Stierstorfer


is Professor of English at the University of Münster, Germany. He is the Vice Dean of Philology, Director of the Graduate School Practices of Literature and Editor of Symbolism an International Annual of Critical Aesthetics . He studied at the Universities of Regensburg and Oxford, received his D.Phil. at the University of Oxford, trained as a secondary school teacher and became assistant professor at the University of Würzburg, from where he moved on to take up his professorships at Düsseldorf and, since 2004, at Münster. His publications include John Oxenford (1812-1877) as Farceur and Critic of Comedy (1996); (ed., introd., annot.), London Assurance and Other Victorian Comedies. Oxford World’s Classics (2001); Konstruktion literarischer Vergangenheit (2001), and (series editor) Women Writing Home, 6 vols. (2006).

Lisa Mooney Smith

Lisa Mooney Smith


has worked in Higher Education for over 20 years where she has continually worked at the interface between interdisciplinary scholarship and business. She has a background in fine art and critical theory, but is best known for her work on the study of collaborative research practices and interdisciplinary research methodology. Her current work explores how traditional arts and humanities disciplines might be better enabled to interact with the new demands of the knowledge transfer environment, and particularly how academic institutional practices enhance or inhibit these types of interactions. She is currently the Director of Research for the Faculty of Art, Architecture & Design at the University of Lincoln, and sits on the UK Art & Humanities Research Council Peer Review College for Knowledge Transfer and non-HEI engagement. She is actively involved in both national and international networks concerned to raise the impact and profile of the arts and humanities, and regularly writes on the shifts and changes brought about by collaborative research practices in academia and industry. Lisa is also an active Board Director of the New Art Exchange, the first Gallery in the UK set up to support and develop Black and Asian contemporary visual artists. She is also a Director on the Board of the UK Regional Screen Agency, EM Media, supporting the development of film and digital media in the UK and abroad. In both positions she strives to develop a coherent and productive relationship between cultural organisations and academic research and enterprise, ensuring brokerage between the two communities supports the generation of innovative ideas and investment.

M. Nagarajan

M. Nagarajan


was Professor and Head of the Department of English at the University of Hodeidah, Yemen from 1998 to 2008. Earlier he had been Principal of the National College, Tiruchirapally, Tamil Nadu, India. Dr. Nagarajan has two Ph.D.s, one in Critical Linguistics and Literary Theory from the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad and another in English Language Teaching from the Bharatidasan University, Tamil Nadu. His papers include those on Critical Linguistics& different areas of Applied Linguistics. His books include one on a Masters level Text Book on Applied Linguistics. His specific areas of Specialization are the teaching of Various Branches of Applied Linguistics, Writing& Discourse Processing, Critical Linguistics, English Language Teaching subjects like Curriculum & Methods, Methods of Teaching English, Grammar, Linguistics, Practical Criticism, Spoken English & Critical Approaches.

Maithili Rao

Maithili Rao


is a regular contributor to London-based South Asian Cinema as member of its editorial board. Currently columnist on contemporary cinema for Man’s World, frequent contributor to Frontline, continuing a decade-long association with the Hindu group, having been a regular contributor to the Sunday Magazine section of Hindu. Reviewed films and wrote articles for Cinema in India, the NFDC quarterly. Reviewed Indian films for Zee Premier, Screen, Bombay Magazine, Independent, Sunday Observer (foreign film critic for the last two). Wrote a decade long column on Images of Women for Eves’ Weekly. Frequent contributor to Gentleman, Deccan Herald, Illustrated Weekly, publications of the Directorate of film festivals and film society magazines. She has written for the New York based Film Comment, International Film Guide and the BFI website. She is a Member of the nominations council from India for APSA, Asia Pacific Screen Awards since 2009. She was member of the jury, National Film Awards, 2009. Has served on international juries – Fipresci jury at Sochi, International Children’s Film Festival (Hyderabad, twice), and the Documentary film festival, Bombay. Chaired the selection panel for international competition, MIFF 2008. Was member of script committee, for Children’s Film Society and National Film Development Corporation. She has been editor of the festival brochure of Mumbai International Film Festival from inception till 2008. She has also subtitled of films – Hindi, Telugu and Kannada – into English for film festivals and the international market. Has subtitled over a 100 films as well as some popular TV series. Maithili has contributed chapters and authored articles on Hindi cinema for Indian and international books and journals.

Mangesh Karandikar

Mangesh Karandikar


is the Head of the Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Mumbai. He teaches communication theory and electronic media. He has had professional training in web designing and multimedia programming. He has made Corporate Films for companies like Syngenta India Limited, Rallis India Limited, Monsanto India Limited, Piaggio Limited and many others. He has also produced radio programs and radio ads and made several documentaries and short films along with his students. He has published research papers in his areas of expertise.

Monika Gomille

Monika Gomille


is Professor of English and director of the MA Studies Programme on Literary Translation at the University of Düsseldorf. She is the editor of the German translations of poems in Louise Ho/Klaus Stierstorfer (Eds.), Hongkong. Poems/Gedichte. Englisch-Deutsch. Tübingen: Stauffenberg, 2006. She has published several books including Xenophobic Memories. Otherness in Postcolonial Constructions of the Past. Hg. von Monika Gomille und Klaus Stierstorfer. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2003, Cultures of Translation, eds. Monika Gomille and Klaus Stierstorfer, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008.

Mugdha Karnik

Mugdha Karnik


is a sociologist and an educationist with special interest in nature and environment. She is a Director of Centre for Extra-Mural Studies of University of Mumbai and is active in the field of Conservation and Awareness projects. She has edited a coffee-table book on Trees of Mumbai, titled ‘Sentrees of Mumbai’. She also co-edited and published a Marathi book on Science through Millennium on the advent of the third millennium. Mugdha Karnik reaches out to people of various backgrounds to engage them in educational enrichment. While working as a Director of Extra-Mural Studies she designed and developed 40 odd courses for outreach educational programmes for rural and urban audiences. She is a very active rationalist and writes on relevant issues. She has translated Ayn Rand’s path-breaking novel ‘Atlas Shrugged’ in Marathi language and is presently translating ‘God Delusion’ by Richard Dawkins. She attended the Rockefeller foundation’s Leadership in Environment and Sustainable development training and later worked in the area of sustainable development. Today she writes extensively against the popular notion of Anthropogenic Global Warming.She is a Managing Trustee of the India Study Centre, Mumbai.

Nihaarika Sinha

Nihaarika Sinha


has an M.Com. degree from the University of Mumbai and a Vishaarad (Bachelor’s) degree from the Bhatkhande Institute of Music, Lucknow, in Hindustani vocal music. She has trained in ghazal singing with the famous ghazal singer, Shobha Gurtu and has had training in film singing from the eminent Bollywood music director Kalyanjibhai of the Kalyanji-Anandji music director duo. Presently she is undergoing voice training from Pandit Satyanarayan Mishra and Bhavdeep Jaipurwale and bhajan singing from Shri Anup Jalota. She is currently working towards a Ph.D. in the Evolution of Bollywood film music from the 1950s onwards. She has given performances in light classical music, has sung for television serials and has done recordings for cover versions of Bollywood songs. Nihaarika also works as an Executive with a leading airline.

Paula Hooper Mayhew

Paula Hooper Mayhew


Ph.D. is Professor of English, Literature and Humanities at the Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ, USA. Dr. Mayhew completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees at Columbia University and her Ph.D. at Princeton University. In 1995, as a former Director of the New Research on Women at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study women in higher education in Japan and subsequently served for two years on the Fulbright selection committee for Japan and Korea. The former Provost of the Metropolitan campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, she is an expert in learning outcomes assessment at the university level. Upon returning to her Professorship in 2003, she helped to develop Fairleigh Dickinson’s distributed/distance learning program and, during a Distinguished Lectureship in English at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, taught prospective lecturers in the graduate school the rudiments of teaching online. Dr. Mayhew has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Mumbai and has visited the KSKV Kachchh University, Bhuj, Gujarat where she presented a keynote lecture at their international conference on Constructs of Home.

Paul Michael Ramirez

Paul Michael Ramirez


completed his doctoral degree in psychology at City College of The City University of New York with a specialization in Clinical Neuropsychology and a subspecialization in Clinical Psychopathology, while on a National Science Foundation Fellowship. In August, 2003 he completed requirements for a Postdoctoral M.S. degree in Psychopharmacology, In addition to being licensed to practice psychology in New York, Dr. Ramirez is certified in hypnosis, in the treatment of substance use disorders, is an Associate Fellow of the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (BCIA) and is certified in clinical biofeedback. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Neuropsychology Group and is a past Board member of the Head Injury Association of New York State-as-well as the International Society for Professional Hypnosis. Dr. Ramirez has made over 200 professional presentations and has provided training in the assessment of cognitive disorders as well as psychotic and affective psychiatric symptoms throughout North America and Europe. He has also produced, written, and directed over 50 training films covering a wide variety of psychiatric disorders. His clinical interests include neuropsychological assessment, psychopharmacology, biofeedback, individual and couples psychotherapy, and hypnosis. His research interests are in the areas of Phenomenology and neuropsychology of schizophrenia, Psychopharmacology, Psychophysiology and biofeedback, Hypnosis and Cross-cultural issues. He has received several awards and grants and been widely published.

Purabi Panwar

Purabi Panwar


has done her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Delhi. She also holds Post Graduate Diplomas in Tourism and Book Publishing from the University of Delhi. She has worked on “A Study of Kipling, Forster and Naipaul’s Travel Writings on India and Related Fiction” for her Ph.D. from the University of Delhi. Her areas of specialization are i) colonial and postcolonial travel writing and related fiction and ii) translation. She is also interested in contemporary Indian writing in English. She teaches undergraduate students and has also taken M.A. classes in areas related to her specialization at the South Campus, University of Delhi. She has prepared M.A. (English) course modules for distance learning students at Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi and Kota Open University, Rajasthan. She has also prepared e-modules for B.A. (Hons.) English for Institute of Life Long Learning as part of its e-learning programme. She has made presentations on Indian women writers in English at the Universities of Cologne and Muenster, Germany. She contributes book reviews and review articles regularly to newspapers like The Asian Age and The Telegraph and journals like Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi) and the India International Centre Journal. She has translated poems and short stories from Hindi to English. She also copy edits manuscripts for Sahitya Akademi and other publishers.

Rajender Dev Panwar

Rajender Dev Panwar


has done his M.A. in Political Science from the University of Delhi. He has worked on Economic Federalism and Trade and Commerce for his Ph.D. (University of Delhi). His areas of specialization includes (i) International Relations and International Law; (ii) Political Theory; (iii) Indian Government and Politics and (iv) Reading and Interpreting Gandhi. He also holds an LL.B. degree from the University of Delhi. He is Head and Professor, Department of Political Science, College of Vocational Studies, University of Delhi. He has been former Principal, College of Vocational Studies, University of Delhi and Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi. He has been closely associated with the first institution in the country offering work-oriented and vocational subjects, right from the time it was set up in 1972. These courses have attracted great attention of educational planners in India as well as in other countries as they contribute greatly to manpower planning. He has pioneered the starting of undergraduate and (self-financing) postgraduate courses in Book Publishing and Tourism, supplementary classroom teaching with on-the-job training, giving the student exposure and taking him close to the trade. These courses have been highly appreciated by the University Grants Commission, Education Department of the Commonwealth Secretariat and the UNESCO. He has attended and presented papers in a number of national and international conferences and seminars in India and other countries on topics related to education, Indology, international relations and environment. He has been member of august bodies like Delhi University Sports Council and Academic Council, University of Delhi. He has been Deputy Proctor and Proctor, University of Delhi. He has been Member Expert on Ministry of Human Resource Development committees for selection of Indian students to study abroad. He is a nominee of the University Grants Commission on the Governing Body of a number of autonomous colleges. He has also been a University Grants Commission observer on many occasions for selection committee under the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) as well as the National Eligibility Test (NET).

Rajiv Sinha

Rajiv Sinha


has done his B.A.Honours in Political Science. He is a multifaceted personality who has done remarkable work in the acting and voicing field. He started his career in direction wherein he imbibed the nuances of direction and all other technical aspects of film and serial production. Later he did Hindi professional theatre. Simultaneously he has been blessed with a baritone voice which he used for doing radio spots, radio plays and voice-overs. He has done voicing work for many corporate films and documentary films. He has given his voice for more than 200 advertisements on radio and TV. He has done voice dubbing for more than 200 films and over 5000 episodes of TV serials and cartoon series which requires a dual talent of acting and voicing. He has acted in over 30 television serials in lead and major roles. He is currently active in the field of production and dubbing of animation films for television channels.

Raju Easwaran

Raju Easwaran


is Associate Provost for Global Learning at the Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ, USA. A professor of philosophy and political science, Scorza teaches fewer courses since he became an associate provost in 2008. After earning his PhD in political philosophy from Princeton University, Scorza joined the University in 1999. Scorza was teaching introductory political science courses when he was asked to help create a new Core course that would introduce students to global issues and also kick-off the nation’s first distance-learning requirement. The course, The Global Challenge, received the Instructional Technology Council (ITC ) award for outstanding online course. And, Scorza was later honored with the Award for Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning from the Sloan Consortium for his work designing The Global Challenge and another online course, The Life of the Mind. To nurture his administrative skills, he applied for and won an ACE (American Council on Education) Fellowship. He was one of only 39 Fellows selected nationwide for the program, which places promising senior faculty in training opportunities at other institutions. As he was becoming more involved in the University’s global mission, Scorza’s own research interests were likewise moving globally. His focus on citizenship and its related rights, responsibilities and competencies expanded to include the notion of global citizenship. Following the 2007 publication of Strong Liberalism: Habits of Mind for Democratic Citizenship, he is now immersed in two other book projects. The first, tentatively titled Global Education and the American Dream, explores how global learning has often been tied to American ideology. The second, The Cosmopolitans, is a philosophical portrait of cosmopolitans from Diogenes to current thinkers like Kwame Anthony Appiah and Martha Nussbaum.

Sanjay Ranade

Sanjay Ranade


is Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Mumbai. He is also Hon. Research Fellow, Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He has done a study on the Kolis of Mumbai and has published widely in the areas of communication theories. He has several years of Journalistic experience too. Sanjay is a trained classical vocal musician in the Hindustani tradition.

Somdatta Mandal

Somdatta Mandal


is Professor of English and current Chairperson, Department of English and Other Modern European Languages, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan. She did her graduation from the University of Calcutta and then received her M.Phil and Ph.D degrees from Jadavpur University, Calcutta. A recipient of several prestigious fellowships like the Fulbright, Charles Wallace, Rockefeller Residency and Salzburg Seminar, she has been published widely both nationally and internationally. Some of her publications include Film and Fiction: Word Into Image (2005), Reflections, Refractions and Rejections: Three American Writers and the Celluloid World (2003). Among her editorial ventures are Indian Travel Narratives (2010), Literature in Times of Violence (2008) (with Gulshan Kataria); The Indian ImagiNation: Colonial and Postcolonial Literature and Culture (2007); Ethnic Literatures of America: Diaspora and Intercultural Studies (2005) with (Himadri Lahiri); The American Literary Mosaic (2003) with T.S. Anand; Banga-bibhag: Samajik, Sangskritik O Rajnaitik Protifalan (The Partition of Bengal: Cultural and Socio-Political Reflections,2002) (with Shukla Hazra); The Ernest Hemingway Companion (2002); Cross-Cultural Transactions on Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (2002); The Diasporic Imagination; Asian American Writing (3 vols) (2000); William Faulkner: A Centennial Tribute (1999); F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Centennial Tribute (2 vols) 1997. Her areas of interest are contemporary fiction, film and culture studies, Diaspora studies and translation. She has also received a Sahitya Akademi award for translating short fiction. She is at present translating a series of women’s travelogues from Bengal. The first in this series is The Westward Traveller by Durgabati Ghose (Orient Blackswan Ltd, 2010).

Soundaram Ramaswami

Soundaram Ramaswami


(Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1990) is currently on the faculty of Department of Educational Leadership at Kean University, NJ teaching Research Methology and Statistical Analysis and guiding several Ph.D. students on their dissertation. A well known educational testing and assessment specialist, she has held significant positions earlier as the Head of the Department of Testing and Assessment and as a Research Scientist at the Board of Education, Newark which is the largest school district in New Jersey, as Supervisor of Testing and Assessment at Plainfield, NJ, and as National Director of Testing and Assessment for Imagine Schools, a Charter School company in the USA. She participates routinely in many NJ State panels on Education that make policy for the State. She is a member of AERA (the American Educational Research Association). She has many publications in educational testing and data analysis. With a keen interest in the Indian American community, she has served as a volunteer in several community organizations as President of the well-known Carnatic Music Association of America for two years and Trustee for six years. She is on the Advisory Board of V-Excel Education Trust, a non-profit organization, that runs a highly acclaimed school for disabled children in Chennai and many other facilities to train special education staff.

Suraj Pandit

Suraj Pandit


has an M. A. (Archaeology) Ph.D. (Ancient Indian Culture and Arcaheology). He is a Lecturer and Head of the Department of Ancient Indian Culture at Sathaye College, Mumbai. His specialization is Indian Buddhism and Buddhist architecture and archaeology. He has been working from a decade on Kanheri Caves, a group of caves in Mumbai representing Western Indian Buddhist Rock-Cut Architecture. He had received the K. T. Telang Research Fellowship in Indology of Asiatic Society of Mumbai in the year 2006-07. He has been delivering lectures for various courses under Mumbai University as well as in Pune University. He has total 16 paper published on his name in International as well as National journals. He had presented total 19 research papers in the International and National Conferences and seminars. He was working a visiting faculty for Post Graduate courses in History in SNDT University while he is a recognized teacher of the University of Mumbai. He has worked as consultant for the Ajanta Site Management Plan while presently working as consultant for the Sisupalgar Site Management Plan. He had organized various seminars and workshops on Indology, Epigraphy, Buddhism and Heritage Conservation.

Thivakaran G.A

Thivakaran G.A


Scientist (Marine Biology), has M. Sc, M. Phil and Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu and has a research experience of 27 years in the fields of marine biodiversity, coastal aquaculture and EIA & EMP on development projects in coastal environment. Before joining GUIDE he has served at Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology & Natural History, Coimbatore and Tamil University, Thanjavur. He has published 24 research papers and 25 technical reports. He has undergone training on marine ecology at Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory Massachusetts, USA.

Vaidyanathan Ramaswami

Vaidyanathan Ramaswami


(Ph.D. Operations Research, Purdue University, 1978, M.S., O.R. Purdue 1976, M.Sc. Stat, Univ of Madras 1971) was Chief Scientist at Bell Communciations Research (1994-1997) and is currently a Principal Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Research. He is a major contributor to algorithmic methods is probability with fundamental work spanning over 70 published research papers in major journals and a highly acclaimed monograph published by the American Statistics Association (ASA) and Society for Industrial & Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Dr. Ramaswami is considered around the world a leading applied probabilist, and has several results like the Latouche-Ramaswami algorithm bearing his name. Dr. Ramaswami holds a set of seven U.S. patents related to telecommunications. He is an editor of the journal Stochastic Models and an invited member of the ACM Sigmetrics Working Group 7.2 on Perfomance Analysis. Dr. Ramaswami has a keen interest in Carnatic Music and served as the Trustee, Secretary and President of the premier Carnatic Music Association of North America for over 20 years. He has been featured as a keynote speaker in many international conferences and was the Ramanujan Memorial Lecturer at Anna University, Chennai in 2002. Dr. Ramaswami has given several series of lectures in various universities in India disseminating his research and helping research scholars to get on board current areas of research in applied probability.

V. Vijay Kumar

V. Vijay Kumar


Jt. Director, presently Director-in-Charge, is a Ph.D. in Biosciences from Saurashtra University, Rajkot and has an experience of 24 years in the field of wetland ecology, herpetology, wildlife conservation and management, grassland and saline land restoration/reclamation. He has research experience in Wildlife Institute of India, Dehra Dun and teaching experience in Saurashtra University, Rajkot. He has brought out about 50 research publications and scientific reports. He is a member of IUCN commission on Ecosystem Management, IUCN/Species Survival Commission (SSC) - Crocodile Specialist Group, and Fauna and Flora Preservation Society (FFPS), London, U.K. He is actively associated with different academic committees of national and state level institutions.

Staff

Honorary Coordinator-cum-Librarian: Mr. Harshad Nirmal


is Assistant University Librarian at the K.S.K.V. Kachchh University in Bhuj, Gujarat. He has done his B.Sc. in Chemistry and his Bachelor and Masters degrees in Library Science from the University of Saurashtra, Rajkot. He has special training in the UGC-Inflibent Soul Software. Harshad has presented papers in new areas of library science at national level conferences. He is currently working on his Ph.D. at the North Gujarat University.

Research Associates

Research Associates:


1. Ms. Kirti Javadekar, M.A. in English, specialization in Gender & Cultural Studies
2. Ms. Kruti Vyas, M.A. in English, specialization in Gender & Cultural Studies
3. Ms. Geeta Thakkar, M.A. in English, specialization in Gender & Cultural Studies